Want to debug your Google Analytics installation or get more out of the reports? These 5 free Chrome plugins will make your life as web analyst much easier.
Do you still use IE or Firefox as your main browser?
Do yourself a service. Start using Chrome and install these 5 extensions to it.
Your work just got e a bit easier.
Google Tag Assistant
Google Tag Assistant is an extension that helps you to validate the implementation of Google’s tracking scripts.
It works for many different tracking scripts:
- Google Analytics (ga.js and dc.js)
- Adwords Conversion Tracking
- Adowrds Remarketing (both legacy and new tags)
- Doubleclick Floodlight
- Google Tag Manager
You can validate any GA setup by using this extension. You don’t even need access to the Google Analytics or the Tag Manager accounts to use this plugin.
You can also peek at Tag Manager’s dataLayer object of any site. Having a look at your competitors’ dataLayers gives you an idea of their Analytics setup and maybe some new ideas to implement on your site.
Google Analytics Debugger
Google Analytics Debugger is another useful tool for debugging the Analytics installation.
It loads the debug version of the Google Analytics script instead of the standard script.
A real gold mine for debugging the GA implementation!
It also prints detailed information of all tracking beacons sent to Google Analytics.
After you have installed the extension, you can turn it on by clicking its icon.
The Page Analytics Extension allows you to have a look at how your users interact with your site by adding data about users’ clicks as an overlay. This provides you with an easy way to see what links your users click or don’t click on any given page.
Also, it will show you the most important GA metrics for the pages you browse.
Google Analytics Table Booster
Google Analytics Table Booster gives you extra options to use with the standard reports.
For example, it can add small bar diagrams to Analytics reports. Furthermore, you can use it for easy heat map visualization of data.
It also features a Z-test tool for comparing two values.
Google Analytics URL builder
Google Analytics URL builder is an extension for one simple task: marketers can use it for adding campaign tags to the URLs.
You can configure it with your most common tag combinations. Using this feature helps you to avoid typos in your source, medium and campaign names. This helps you to keep your tags – and traffic – in order.
What do you think about these five Chrome extensions? Would you add something to the list?